New International Version
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
King James Bible
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah is nigh to those that are of a broken heart, and saveth them that are of a contrite spirit.
World English Bible
Yahweh is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves those who have a crushed spirit.
Young's Literal Translation
Near is Jehovah to the broken of heart, And the bruised of spirit He saveth.
Psalm 34:18 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A broken heart - נשברי לב nishberey Web, the heart broken to shivers.
A contrite spirit - דכאי רוח dakkeey ruach, "the beaten-out spirit." In both words the hammer is necessarily implied; in breaking to pieces the ore first, and then plating out the metal when it has been separated from the ore. This will call to the reader's remembrance Jeremiah 23:29 : "Is not my word like as a fire, saith the Lord? And like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?" The breaking to shivers, and beating out, are metaphorical expressions: so are the hammer and the rock. What the large hammer struck on a rock by a powerful hand would do, so does the word of the Lord when struck on the sinner's heart by the power of the Holy Spirit. The broken heart, and the contrite spirit, are two essential characteristics of true repentance.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
unto them [heb.] to the broken of heart
such as [heb.] the contrite of spirit
LibraryStruggling and Seeking
'The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.'--PSALM xxxiv. 10. If we may trust the superscription of this psalm, it was written by David at one of the very darkest days of his wanderings, probably in the Cave of Adullam, where he had gathered around him a band of outlaws, and was living, to all appearance, a life uncommonly like that of a brigand chief, in the hills. One might have pardoned him if, at such a moment, some cloud of doubt or …
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What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him?
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.
Yet you are near, LORD, and all your commands are true.
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
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